|Representative of the People’s Army of Việt Nam with commanders of three Royal Australian Navy warships meet in HCM City on April 19. — Photo courtesy of the Australian Embassy.|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) warships, including the helicopter frigates HMAS ANZAC and HMAS TOOWOOMBA and support ship HMAS SUCCESS, docked at HCM City’s Sài Gòn Port on April 19 as a part of a goodwill visit.
The three-day visit with a total crew of 73 officers and 569 sailors aims to strengthen relations between the two navies.
The crew met senior officers and sailors of the Vietnamese People’s Navy to “participate in information-sharing activities covering broad topics such as search and rescue, peacekeeping and maritime security,” said Commander Michael Devine, RAN and Commander of the Task Unit for South East Asia Deployment.
Colonel Nerolie McDonald, Australian Defence Attaché in Việt Nam, said: “It has been 17 years since we had three Australian Navy ships visiting Việt Nam at the same time, and this year marks the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of defence relations between Australia and Việt Nam, the 45th Anniversary of diplomatic relations, and the recent elevation of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership.”
The HCM City visit was part of the three ships’ trip throughout South East Asia. — VNS